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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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CEO Summit 2022 features outstanding thought leaders such as Dr. Nicolaj Siggelkow of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School on creating and sustaining competitive advantage and Jim Taylor of BoardSource on expanding the expertise and diversity of your board of directors to reimagine the future. The LSA-DN Winter Meeting will take place immediately thereafter.

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CMS Updates

Funding Opportunity

  • FY2022 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps
    Public Health AmeriCorps is a new partnership between AmeriCorps and the CDC to support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs. Closing date: Nov. 8, 2021. 
    Application Deadline: November 8th, 2021
    Sponsor: AmeriCorps and CDC 
  • Wells Fargo Community Giving Programs
    Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing affordability, financial health, small business growth, and the environment.
    Application Deadline:  On-going opportunity
    Sponsor: Wells Fargo


Advocacy Update

Congress Postpones Debt Ceiling Fight, Focuses on Finalizing “Human Infrastructure” Package

Following final Congressional passage earlier this week of a compromise bill increasing the federal debt ceiling until December 3, which President Biden signed Thursday night, lawmakers’ focus again returns to negotiating the final “human infrastructure” package.  Despite pressure from the White House and Congressional leadership, the path to passage remains uncertain. Continued disagreement within the Democratic party over the final cost of the package, what programs should be included, and how long those programs should last remains the primary stumbling block. Lutheran Services in America continues to advocate for key provisions that would help address the acute workforce shortage and expand access to home- and community-based services. Specifically, we are advocating for a final package that includes:

  • $250 billion to incentivize states to deliver or improve home- and community-based service programs, including through increasing wages and benefits for direct care workers;
  • $1.48 billion for a grant program funding strategies to recruit and retain direct care workers; and the provisions of the WORK NOW Act to create a $50 billion grant program supporting nonprofits in paying wages and benefits.

Please join us in this effort through our advocacy alert.

CMS and OSHA Vaccine Rules Expected to be Released By the End of the Month

Following the Biden administration’s September 9 update that previously announced proposed emergency regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for nursing home workers will be expanded to cover all staff within any Medicare- or Medicaid-certified facility, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is developing an Interim Final Rule. Separately, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work. Specific details on implementation and exactly which employees will be subject to the rules will not be available until the regulations are officially released, which is expected by late October. Lutheran Services in America is sharing feedback from our members with these agencies as the rules are being developed, and will issue updates as we receive them, along with more information about any public comment periods.

Urge Your Lawmakers to Help Address the Workforce Shortage in the Budget Reconciliation Package Being Finalized NOW

Congress is currently finalizing a broad “budget reconciliation” bill that is expected to include many of the “human infrastructure” provisions included in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. Given the ongoing, acute workforce shortage, several provisions which are currently included or are being considered which would help address this crisis are especially important. Today, we ask you to join us to send a message to your lawmakers: support full funding of the provision permanently incentivizing states to deliver or improve Home- and Community-Based Services programs, including through increasing wages and benefits for direct care workers; support the grant program funding strategies to recruit and retain direct care workers; and include the provisions of the WORK NOW Act. We encourage you to add your own personalized message about the impact of the workforce shortage on your organization.

Please join us in this effort through our advocacy alert.


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